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For many people, the news of a 10-day lockdown in Manipur seemed strange. After all, across the country, COVID-19 cases are on the decline and compared to May and the first half of June, we seem to be doing better. But a closer look at the state’s COVID data, and more specifically its positivity rate, shows the need for an urgent, strict lockdown. 

Data analysed by Team EastMojo shows the upward curve of COVID-19 in July. On July 1, Manipur tested 4,460 samples, of which 508 were COVID-positive. This meant the state’s positivity rate stood at 11.39%, with 12 deaths. 

By July 15, however, Manipur tested 7,056 samples with 1,039 positive cases. Manipur’s positivity rate had climbed to 14.72 with 14 deaths.

On July 16, 7,184 samples were tested with 1,128 confirmed cases. The positive rate had now crossed 15%-mark to stand at 15.70%. The death toll stood at 10. 

On July 17, 6,942 samples were tested of which 1,171 individuals tested positive, a positivity rate of 16.86%. 

The state has 10,812 active cases and 1,365 deaths until now, it is becoming increasingly clear that the state’s COVID blues are far from over. 

K Rajo Singh, the director of state health services admitted the delta variant’s high positivity rate while addressing the media. “The contagious virus is out in the air. We appeal to the people to cooperate and maintain SOPs and extra care”. 

During the 10-day curfew in the state, the state health department plans to scale up house-to-testing and increase contact tracing. Singh also appealed to the people to cooperate to break the chain. 

The state National Health Mission director Dr N Shyamjai, who led the state’s vaccination initiatives, informed that the state has been able to cover 46 per cent of the population. 

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